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ODA working to identify cause of severe dog illness

Ohio Department of Agriculture working to identify cause of dog illnesses; state enlisting help of Ohio veterinarians to identify and combat disease

REYNOLDSBURG — The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is working with animal health experts to determine the cause and origin of a series of dog illnesses in the state. The department is also urging veterinarians in the state to contact the Division of Animal Health if they suspect any animals in their care are suffering from the same disease.

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House approves wild & dangerous animal bill

The Ohio House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 310, the dangerous and wild animal bill, Tuesday afternoon by an 87-9 vote. The Senate subsequently concurred in House amendments in its session yesterday, sending the bill to Gov. Kasich for signature. The law will go into effect 90 days after being signed, and 60 days after that, owners of species of wild and dangerous animals and dangerous snakes will be required to register with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Gov. puts Ohio state veterinarian in charge of ODA

Kasich Moves Ag Director Zehringer To ODNR; Forshey To Lead ODA

Gov. John Kasich has put State Veterinarian Tony Forshey temporarily in charge of the Ohio Department of Agriculture following the decision to appoint Agriculture Director Jim Zehringer to lead the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Tuesday.

Tony Forshey has served as Ohio’s state veterinarian for the past six years.


Livestock care standards to go into effect Sept. 29

Care standards for alpacas, beef, dairy, goats, horses, llamas, pork, poultry, sheep and veal will go into effect next month.

Ohio Agriculture Director James Zehringer today announced that animal care rules developed by the Livestock Care Standards Board will become effective on Sept. 29, 2011.

The establishment of comprehensive livestock care standards is required by Ohio’s constitution following the passage of State Issue 2 in 2009. The statewide ballot initiative specified creation of the 13-member Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board with the responsibility of obtaining industry and public input in developing livestock rules for alpacas, beef, dairy, goats, horses, llamas, pork, poultry, sheep and veal.

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Governor announces Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board appointments

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced yesterday the appointments to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

In addition to the Governor’s 10 appointments, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs serves on the 13-member board, as well a selection from both the House Speaker and Senate President.

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is charged with establishing standards governing the care and well-being of livestock and poultry in Ohio. The board will strive to maintain food safety, encourage locally grown and raised food, and protect Ohio farms and families.

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Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board implementation legislation adopted

Legislation defining the operational aspects of the new Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board has passed the Ohio General Assembly and was signed into law by Governor Strickland on March 31. The proposal, House Bill 414, outlines in more detail the provisions approved last November by Ohio voters in establishing a Livestock Care Standards Board.

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